(Guest Blog Lise Ailin Lorentzen - The Most Nails woman we know)
I see it everywhere I look.
Girls playing on their sexuality to get ahead in the world.
Bloggers, on the TV screen, and, believe it or not, now even to get known as a hunter on social media. I see it especially on Instagram but even in hunting films. I have to say; I think it is sad that young girls believe they have to degrade themselves just to get likes and followers.
Because, what on early does sex have to do with hunting? When did it become normal to pose with full-on party makeup beside a dead animal? When did it become normal to pose almost naked beside an animal you just shot? I must have dozed off in class when this was being taught. This is not normal in my eyes. Why on earth do girls have to play on looks in order to succeed as a hunter? In my book this is not what hunting is about.
Before you arrest me for saying this, yes, I do wear makeup pretty much on a daily basis.
I do wear dresses and high heels in the right settings. I do not wear camouflage clothes on the beach – I wear a bikini like everyone else – if the weather is nice enough that is.
On the other hand, when I am out hunting, I wear clothes that are appropriate for hunting and don’t wear a face full of makeup. If I were to be out for 10 hours in the wilderness it just wouldn’t work out to do anything else.
When I sweat, get dirty, have the wind and rain lashing in my face, I would probably look like a member of the band Kiss if I were thoughtless enough to put on a lot of makeup. If I did put on makeup and you were unlucky enough to meet me in the wilderness, I would probably scare the hell out of you!
On top of it all, I sometimes get sand and dirt on my face, or even blood from a kill – not that this ever puts a dampener on the joy I get out of hunting.
Another thing, I can promise you there is not a blow-dryer or straightener in the world that could make my hair look even slightly okay after hours in the wilderness, hunting in every kind of weather imaginable. I probably look like Tina Turner on a bad hair day, and that’s okay by me.
I am just as much a hunter as male hunters, and I don’t have to look my best when I go hunting. I expect for myself, and for all other female hunters, to be treated equally and with respect no matter what we look like when out on the hills. I expect that we can do what we love without having to bring makeup and a mirror in our backpacks.
A few years ago I bought a film about bear hunting as I have always dreamt of doing this myself one day. I sat down on my sofa truly looking forward to a good film about bear hunting, but instead was left with a feeling of disappointment.
The main part of the film was okay, but one sequence stood out as awful in my eyes.
What aggravated me was the young female in this movie who stood behind a couple of dogs and two male hunters. She wore tights that showed off her curves and it was obvious that she was in the film for eye candy for the male hunters. One of the male hunters even carried her gun for her!
After the dogs had managed to frighten the bear up a tree in which it was totally defenseless, one of the male hunters came and helped the girl aim at the bear. All she had to do herself was to press the trigger and then she had shot a bear. Is this really hunting? I was left with a feeling that this sequence of the film was more about the beauty of the girl rather than actual hunting.
This left me wondering if some male hunters use young, beautiful looking girls just to promote themselves. If this is hunting, it sure is not my cup of tea.
I am not pointing any fingers at anyone, nor am I talking shit about anyone in particular. But I do have a call for you, girls; be yourself and don’t give a shit about what anybody else thinks of how you look (what man thinks of how you look is completely irrelevant and you probably look gorgeous without your makeup anyway).
Enjoy hunting and being in the wilderness;
Enjoy nature and all it provides for you;
Enjoy living out your dreams;
Enjoy the fact that you can succeed in something on an equal footing to men no matter how you look.
And last, but not least – be sure to carry your own gun!